How to select, prepare, and spin a great fleece!

Join Judith and learn about

  • basic types of fleece: primitive, fine & medium wools; and luster longwools;
  • several of the sheep breeds that produce these wools, from feisty Shetland and Karakul sheep to spotted Jacobs, to majestic Merinos;
  • what to look for when choosing a fleece, and what to avoid;
  • how to lay out a fleece and select the best parts to use;
  • several ways to wash and store fleece;
  • preparing fleece for spinning by carding, combing, and flicking;
  • methods of spinning your fleece for the project you want to make.

Meet Judith MacKenzie

Judith MacKenzie

Judith MacKenzie has been spinning and weaving most of her life. Her traditional training has been expanded with world travel, deep research, and industry consultation. She writes and teaches extensively, and is the author of The Intentional Spinner and The Practical Spinner's Guide to Rare Luxury Fibers.

Course curriculum

  • 1
  • 2

    In the Tents

    • Video Lesson: In the Fleece Tent

    • Video Lesson: Meet Some Sheep!

    • Meet the Sheep

  • 3

    Sorting, Washing, Storing

    • Video Lesson: Get to Know Your Fleece

    • Examining Your Fleece

    • Video Lesson: Sorting

    • Sorting a Fleece

    • Video Lesson: Washing Your Fleece

    • Washing Fleece

    • Video Lesson: Storing Your Fleece

    • Storing Your Fleece

  • 4

    Carding vs Combing

    • Video Lesson: Introduction to Preparing Your Fleece

    • Video Lesson: Carding Wool

    • Carding

    • Video Lesson: Combing Wool

    • Combing

  • 5

    Transforming Fleece to Fabric

    • Video Lesson: Fleece Transformed

    • Video Lesson: Spinning Your Fleece

    • Spinning Your Fleece

  • 6

    Wrapping Up

    • Conclusion Video

    • What You Learned

    • Course Survey

  • 7

    Resources

    • Washing Wool

    • A Pocket Guide to Choosing a Fleece